In its own singular way religious belief in the triune God sums up the experience that far from being an isolated monad, the unfathomable mystery of God is a communion of overflowing love enfolding the world with gracious compassion. “God is Love” penned an early Christian letter writer (1 John 4 – 8), summing up in this brief phrase the experience of salvation coming from God through Jesus in the Spirit. Anyone who talks of the Trinity talks of God as Love in an idiom particular to the Christian story…the symbol of the Trinity safeguards this Christian experience of God.
Elizabeth Johnson, The Quest for the Living God
Glory to You, Creator, Word and Holy Spirit.
Reflecting on God as a God of relationship, I will review my own actions as a person in loving relationship to others and to all God’s beloved creation.
Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.
A defining characteristic of our times is the insight that we need to affirm and accept difference. Unity without respect for difference quickly collapses into a totalitarian situation where one view dominates all others. Trinitarian theology affirms not only communion but also difference. It locates unity in difference at the heart of God. A trinitarian theology supports a relational view of reality, but it is a specific kind of relationality, one in which distinction and difference are enabled to flourish.
Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.
What is asked of religion, therefore, is to let go of answers that no longer respond to questions; to accept change and possibility rather than fixate on interpretations that came from another worldview and were profitable then, but have lost all significance today.
Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship – and not as ends in themselves.
Just as the right relationship with Christ generates a Christian, so the proper relationship with the Holy Spirit breeds a spiritual person.